I'm Worried About My Job

Patrick Ahearn is a senior human-resources manager and a lieutenant colonel in the Marine reserves. He is 43, has three children, a wife, a mortgage, and a station wagon. He came back from Operation Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf to find that his employer had restructured and moved his job to Toronto. Ahearn chose not to go. It was his third downsizing in four years--Shearson Lehman Brothers, Grand Metropolitan, and Northern Telecom. "People are getting sacrificed because corporations are always changing direction, priorities, or ownership," says Ahearn."But every time they lay someone off, a family gets massacred."

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